This map of Ceres made from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the locations of about 130 bright areas across the dwarf planet's surface highlighted in blue. Most of these bright areas are associated with craters.

This map of Ceres made from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the locations of about 130 bright areas across the dwarf planet's surface highlighted in blue. Most of these bright areas are associated with craters.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is getting humanity's best view yet of the tiny survivor from the solar system's earliest days. See what we know about the dwarf planet Ceres in this our infographic.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is getting humanity's best view yet of the tiny survivor from the solar system's earliest days. See what we know about the dwarf planet Ceres in this our infographic.

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Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft that…

Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft that…

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Spacecraft Orbits Protoplanet in Asteroid Belt, a First  For more information about our #Solar #System, check us out: http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/what-solar-system-are-we-in/

Spacecraft Orbits Protoplanet in Asteroid Belt, a First For more information about our #Solar #System, check us out: http://astronomyisawesome.com/solar-systems/what-solar-system-are-we-in/

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft has captured its first images of the dwarf planet Ceres. According to Space Flight Insider, Dawn was launched back in September of 2007

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft has captured its first images of the dwarf planet Ceres. According to Space Flight Insider, Dawn was launched back in September of 2007

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Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres! The Dawn spacecraft has made history. It has become the first mission to visit a dwarf planet when it successfully slipped into Ceres’ orbit this morning. 3/6/15 Ceres is seen from NASA's Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres! The Dawn spacecraft has made history. It has become the first mission to visit a dwarf planet when it successfully slipped into Ceres’ orbit this morning. 3/6/15 Ceres is seen from NASA's Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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Dawn arrived at the giant asteroid Vesta in 2011 and spent 14 months orbiting and studying the protoplanet. Vesta is the third largest object in the asteroid belt.

Dawn arrived at the giant asteroid Vesta in 2011 and spent 14 months orbiting and studying the protoplanet. Vesta is the third largest object in the asteroid belt.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft.

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